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joey. the two had been feuding for months. the insane nut quote got joey so mad the complaint alleges he called the neighbor a blanking so-and-so and said, you're going to get it. i'm going to kill you. what won't die is the video of the brawl. one youtube verse synchronized three different angles. >> [ bleep ]. >> reporter: he even added a fourth view. when the match halted as even the players watched the fight, for a sport, this is quite the volley. >> what's wrong with people? actually enjoyed it. that's the first time i've ever enjoyed the u.s. open in tennis. >> reporter: jeanne moos, cnn. >> they're going to start this on golf now. >> reporter: new york. >> all right. that does it for us. see you back here tomorrow. t.j. holmes in for tony harris today? >> hey there, thank you so much.
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they serve a lot of liquor i think at the u.s. open. all right. kyra, we'll talk to you again soon. we are starting anew this center live at the world headquarters in atlanta, georgia. let me tell you what we have on the rundown on thursday september, 30th. we have to start this with story out of rutgers, a freshman at the school apparently jumps to his death after a gay encounter is secretly streamed live on the internet and two classmates are now facing charges. >> i read it on-line i was like -- i was shocked. >> also, coming up, food made in a laboratory. scientists want this piggy to go to the market, but maybe then he could go straight to your dinner plate. >> what i can tell the american public no food from a genetically engineered animal will go on the market unless the fda has demonstrated -- >> and we've got a new planet to tell you about. a planet where possibly they're doing a newscast right now as
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well. earth-like planet they found in the so-called goldilocks zone, it's just right, maybe for life. hello to you al. i'm t.j. holmes in for tony harris. those stories and a lot more including your comments right here, right now in the cnn newsroom. we want to start with that story out of rutgers, a lot of grief and outrage this morning, a lot of people asking a lot of questions and we're starting to get more answers, more details about the apparent suicide of that rutgers university student. 18-year-old tyler clementi. he apparently had a sexual encounter with another man that was secretly streamed on-line. want to head to our stephanie elam in new york following this story. stephanie, a lot of people just really outraged that someone would take the length this guy apparently did to put this live on-line of his actually roommate. >> yeah. it's such a horrific story for so many reasons, t.j., especially when you look at the fact that there's a loss of life
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in part of this and three young lives being impacted because of this. from what we can tell, clementi was by all accounts a sweet, young man. he was a gifted musician, violinist, and the rutgers freshman posting this message on his facebook account before he took his own life. he wrote, quote, jumping off the gw bridge sorry." a body has been found floating in the hudson river found yesterday. police are now working to identify if it is, in fact, the body of tyler clementi. tyler's roommate, however, dharun ravi with another student are charged with invasion of privacy in the case. this is what he tweeted about clementi. quote, roommate asked for the room until midnight. i went into molly's room and turned on my web cam. i saw him making out with a dude. yay. end quote. on another day he wrote this, quote, anyone with ichat i dare you to video chat with me between the hours of 9:30 and 12, yes, it's happening again,
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end quote. earlier we spoke to a law professor paul callen about the death and he says the problem is the internet can be a dangerous tool that allows kids to strike out whenever they feel like it. >> when we were growing up, there would be a gossip circle and maybe somebody would be talking about somebody else. it stopped there. they broadcast this on the internet destroying this young man's life and reputation and now the lives of three young people are going to be destroyed. >> right. >> reporter: and in a case like this, you know, these are really young people here with lives full of so much promise and now when you look at it, probably did not occur to these people that this could become such a tragic event and that there was such a huge invasion of privacy here. that's what everyone is talking about is whether or not there needs to be stiffer rules about who can and what can be posted on the internet, t.j. >> stef, how is the campus right now? >> obviously there's a lot of shock. people are just devastated by this news. we do have a statement coming
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from the president of rutgers, richard mccormick. it reads this way, while there is a lot of information being communicated we don't have all the facts in this case. this young man was reportedly the victim of an incident that took place in one of our resident halls last week. two fellow rutger students have been arrested and charged with invasion of privacy for their actions in that incident. if the charges are true, these actions gravely violate the university standards of decency and humanity. we're working to get more from the campus, but it's not a surprise, t.j., people are just shocked that this would happen. 18 years old is so young and to feel so violated he felt like this was his only way out, that's what's really shocking everybody. and hoping that something can come out of this because right now, it just seems so unfair. >> all right. stephanie, thank you so much. we appreciate it. we'll look a some of the legal issues and bring in midwin charles from "in session" on our sister network trutv joining me from new york. hello to you.
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let's, first of all, let's -- >> hi, t.j. >> take the apparent suicide out of the equation and let's just say yes, they taped this happening in the room and the young man did not apparently kill himself. take the emotional part out of it, what kind of charges would they be looking at just if they had taped him secretly? >> i think you would be looking at invasion of privacy, though i think from a defense perspective, at least his roommate would have a viable defense because he lived there. that was also his dorm room. you have to say that he could videotape anything going on in his room. but i think what makes this case particularly worse is the fact that it was broadcast on the internet. >> so midwin, let's bring into the fact, certainly an emotional part of the story, the young man apparently killed himself, but does that actually change or increase the severity of any charges that could be coming against his roommate? >> you know, i don't think it does. the middlesex prosecutor has
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said they're still investigating the case, so we don't know what other charges might be coming down the pike. but when you look at a case like this, it's very difficult to say that it was foreseeable that this young man would kill himself as a result of this broadcast. so i don't see any sort of manslaughter or murder-related charges being attached to this. but i do see the fact that the charges carry the invasion of privacy charges, a sentence of as much as five years. i don't know whether they'll get that much, given the outcome of what they've done. >> and midwin, it sounds in your first answer as well, might not be a sure thing there is an invasion of privacy because this was the roommate's room as well. >> at least with the charge with respect to the roommate, dharun ravi. i don't know about molly wei, whether that defense would work for her. but there clearly was intent to disparage this young man because his roommate actually posted messages on facebook saying, watch at this time. he's going to be having a gay
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interlude. yay. so there's definitely intent to disparage his character and disrespect him. perhaps those charges would work. >> all right. midwin charles, our legal contributor from "in session" at our sister network trutv, we appreciate you as always. >> thank you. some of the other stories making headlines right dploug fisher-price -- including fisher-price recalling baby and toddler products. baby play mats with inflatable balls and small car toys they have parts that can come off and cause a child to choke. tricycles and high chairs that have sharp or protruding parts that can cut children. all the specific details at cnn.com. former president jimmy carter still recovering in a cleveland hospital today. he's been there for the past few days now. initially just toelts told he had an upset stomach. he had that on a flight to cleveland a couple days ago. doctors now saying a viral infection is the likely culprit.
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they're checking him out today, his birthday is tomorrow, he turns 86. also a picture to share with you now, the first official photo of the man many believe is likely to be north korea's next ruler. the picture here shows kim jong un, on the left circled there, this week's workers party conference. during that meeting his father kim jong il made his son a four-star general and awarded him a key political post, the younger kim has no known government experience. also sad news out of hollywood, hollywood legend tony curtis has died. he thrived on comedic roles, performed in drag in "some like it hot" with jack lemmon and marilyn monroe. the actor married six times. his first marriage to janet leigh produced two daughters. one of them actress jamie lee curtis. tony curtis was 85 years old. lawyers for this man, arkansas man on death row, went to court last hour. they are seeking a new trial for
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him. his name is damon ek coles. they say new evidence shows he is innocent. echols was convicted in the west memphis 3, you may be familiar with. he and two others were found guilty of murdering three cub scouts. this happened in the early '90s. his lawyers say dna evidence links another man to the case. echols has proclaimed his innocence for some 16 years. >> what i want is a new trial. i want to be able to go back in front of a jury and in front of the state of arkansas and present all the evidence that we have now and show where the mistakes were made during the original trial. i want to be vindicated in front of everyone. >> and deborah fayrick will bring you the background on the crime which outraged the community and the outcome of today's retrial request going to come your way on anderson cooper at 10:00 eastern time. congress has put out the closed sign. heading home to campaign. what about all that unfinished
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business? also, rob, how are you doing, buddy? >> what's up? >> he's keeping an eye on some heavy rain. we have him running all over the place. they have a lot of stuff going on on that map. keeping an eye. >> fresh information from the cnn weather center, this -- well, the tropical storm, the tornado watch i was about to show you, is continuing and the rain is continuing in wilmington where they have four days of record-breaking rainfall. talk about that and what's left over with nicol and west coast weather as well coming up. sure i'd like to diversify my workforce,
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your congressmen and congress women are out of there, headed home to campaign. our senior congressional correspondent dana bash is still in washington. they headed out of there a little earlier than expected, so this must mean they got all of their work done and they could head on home, right? >> i'm sorry. are you living on planet earth, t.j. i'm just kidding. >> yeah. >> the first rule in medicine is do no harm. that applies to politics too big time. we talked to a slew of lawmakers as they were getting ready to leave yesterday and it was pretty clear they felt the longer they stayed here in
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washington, the more harm they were doing to their political prospects, especially democrats. listen. >> everybody wants to be home. everybody needs to get home. >> why is that? you said everyone wants to get home. why? >> because they think they can do more good at home than they can sitting here. >> i'm more comfortable being at home i think, especially now making the case for why they should give me another shot. when i'm not there, it's easier to say things that i can't defend. >> it's like we're in the "wizard of oz" and we're pulling the curtain back behind the wizard and want to go back to our districts. >> democrats blame republican obstructionism for the gridlock that made them throw up their hands and say let's go home a week early. i talk to many a democratic law maker in a quiet corner who admitted they know people are uneasy with some of the big things democrats have passed, economic stimulus to health care and they need to get home and explain and defend it asap. >> lawmaker said he could do more good at home, a lot could argue you could do good in washington if you renew those
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tax cuts so we don't get hit with another bill the first of the year. when they come back they have limited time after the elections to try to get the tax cut situation worked out, so what good is he talking about he's going to be doing at home? >> good, i think what he was talking about, trying to explain the things they have already done. the question is whether or not that's a good thing or bad thing, especially for the key independent voters who are critical in any election. you know, democrats you mentioned, they punted on trying to extend middle class tax cuts which is something the democrats said was a huge priority. they did so primarily because of diversion within their ranks. take that aside, you know what they did yesterday, they -- before they left, they voted to keep the government running. they had to do that because tomorrow is the beginning of the next fiscal year. congress left without giving the president one of the dozen spending bills that is required. if that's the basic function of congress to fund the government. they didn't do any of that before leaving washington.
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>> okay. okay. i'm back to earth now, dana. appreciate your reality check. we can only hope, can't we? dana bash, good to have you. thank you for sticking around at least in washington and doing your job. we do appreciate that. thank you so much. we'll talk to you here soon. coming up -- little piggy, that little piggy, may go to the market. only after, though, being genetically altered. we're looking at the pros and cons of genetically altered bacon. stay with us.
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cnn has been taking cross country trips this week. we have sent our reporting teams all over the place this week and our mission is to get fresh answers about how our food is grown, how the choices we make impact our health, our state of mind, our budgets and the pure joy of eating. we have teamed up with the new cnn.com food destination eatocracy.com to bring you eatocracy, mind, body and wallet. and on that front some say it's the future of pig farming, genetically altered porkers. why? is this safe? cnn's allan chernoff checks out a swine research facility to get some answers. >> definitely a smell of swine around here. >> reporter: even though the pig smell at the swine research
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facility of the university, it's the visitors who need to wash up, explains animal scientist professor richard macca. >> you're telling me i need to shower up, disrobe, to visit our pigs? >> to meet a pig? >> absolutely. >> we are sparkling clean and ready to meet our pigs. looks just like a pig. >> it looks, sounds, acts, identical to a normal pig. >> reporter: but it is different. genetically. to create this pig, scientists here added an e. coli bacteria gene and mouse dna to a normal pig embryo. they call it an enviral pig. >> eventually the idea is that someone like this could end up on a dinner plate? >> certainly one of the goals of the it technology is to produce a pig which could be consumed by humans and enter the food chain. we have done extensive testing on the various internal organs
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and different meat cuts from the pig, looked at the nutritional content. they're identical to a normal pig. >> these are the ninth generation of enviral petition. the first one was conceived here back in 1999, but not until 2007 did scientists apply to the fda for approval for these kind of pigs to be eaten. >> what i can tell the american public is that no food from a genetically engineered animal will go on the market unless the fda has demonstrated that it's safe. >> reporter: but the original idea was not to create a bigger, tastier pig. >> why create a pig like this? >> to control and reduce the environmental footprint of pig farming around the world by reducing the amount of fos fers the pig produces. >> it's a nutrient that helps the big grow but they can't fully digest. much comes out in their manure. farmers use that manure as fertilizer. when it rains, some of the
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manure runs off into the watershed, meaning plenty of phosphorous gets into our rivers and lakes. phosphorous promoting algae growth. too much in a body of water like the speed river here that flows into lake erie, can cause algae bloom that suck up all the oxygen and destroy habitats for fish and other aquatic life. >> reporter: the pig's genetic editions allow it to digest 50% more, that means half as much in its manure and that's why it's called envie ro pig. the head of the center for food safety, says hog farming needs to change. not the pigs. >> it's a completely novel sell invasion technology where we are crossing the boundaries of nature as no other generation has before. >> reporter: these little piggies will never go off to market. but their great, great grandchildren just might if regulators give the okay.
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if so, their ability it to reduce pollution in our waterways could sustain another food source, fish. imagine that. a pig that protects fish. allan chernoff, cnn, ontario. >> and as always remember go to cnn.com/eatocracy for more stories on healthy eating. also where you can learn more about how to unlock the cnn healthy eater badge on four square.
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23 past the hour, let's take a look at some of the stories making headlines. memberses of congress are returning home to campaign for mid term elections. they couldn't agree on a budget before they adjourned, so early this morning they passed what's called a stop-gap measure that's going to keep the government up and running for another two months at least. also, take a look at this here. a sight seeing bus full of kids and that i parents crashes through an overpass guardrail, flips, lands on an interstate embankment outside of washington. the driver was killed. a dozen people injured. state police still looking into the cause of this accident which happened yesterday. also 190,000 troops on standby in india. a court ruled today that muslims and hindus must share a disputed holy site. thousands have died in sectarian violence since hindu extremist raised a mosque there in 1992. quick break.
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this time yesterday we talked about a named storm, rob and i were, nicol was the name. i asked him, is nicol still around? i just like your response. >> she'll always be here in our hearts. she was there for six hours and gone. all right. we'll leave it at that. we are looking at moisture from the tropics coming up, yeah. i mean actually the center of what would be nicol is back through here and still has to come up that way. the problem is it's running all sorts of energy from the west and the north and this combination is making for a pretty large-scale event. the cloud canopy from canada,
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down to florida, and in between that we've got a lot of rainfall. as a matter of fact, i'll show you this for now. this is 24-hour rainfall for wilmington, north carolina. 7.33 inches. jacksonville to the west, 5 1/2. you add up the last four days we got over 20 inches of rain. so that's a record. and it's still raining in this area. on top of that, we've got a little bit of twist in the atmosphere and that's calling -- making for some threat for tornadoes. but flooding is a main issue. check out some of this video coming to us from our friends at hurricanetrack.com. mark out there taking pictures to the west of wilmington and along the inlet there. yeah, some white caps, you've got boats tied up having a hard time and some coastal flooding, not a whole lot of river flooding. this area has been pretty much in drought conditions. we're not looking for a tremendous amount of river flooding but we have a lot of street flooding and there are a few neighborhoods that are flooding and this rainfall
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continues to make its way to the north and with that we have a threat for tornados in this watch box until 1:00 this afternoon. i bet you it shifted up to the north and east as we go through time because this threat really isn't going to go away for a good 12 hours. the rain threat, shift east, but having a hard time doing that. and we've got flash flood watches and even some warnings all the way up to the canadian border. you know, a lot of this rain is needed, yes, but we don't want it all at one time and there's going to be wind issues, might be power outages. if you are traveling the airports from d.c. up through new york are just a mess. we'll get through this. going to be a nice weekend. until then, it's pretty ugly. >> all right. appreciate you as always. we'll talk to you shortly. also coming up, michael j. fox talking to cnn about what it's like to live with parkinson's. hear from him coming up.
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words alone aren't enough. my job is to listen to the needs and frustrations of the shrimpers and fishermen, hotel or restaurant workers who lost their jobs to the spill.
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i'm iris cross. bp has taken full responsibility for the clean up in the gulf and that includes keeping you informed. our job is to listen and find ways to help. that means working with communities. restoring the jobs, tourist beaches, and businesses impacted by the spill. we've paid over $400 million in claims and set up a $20 billion independently-run claims fund to cover lost income until people impacted can get back to work. and our efforts aren't coming at tax-payer expense. i know people are wondering-- now that the well is capped, is bp gonna meet its commitments? i was born in new orleans. my family still lives here. i'm gonna be here until we make this right.
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tonight at 8:00 eastern, right here on cnn, an interview with michael j. fox. the movie star and tv star is battling parkinson's disease as many of you know and he's been fighting for years to try to find a cure. the actor sat down with our chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta telling him what it's like living with this disease every single day. >> t.j., i can tell you for michael j. fox it began as a sort of twitch in his pinky finger. as we know that ultimately led
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to the diagnosis of parkinson's disease. there's still so much we don't know. what causes it and why would it affect the man right around the age of 30 like michael j. fox? michael and his foundation are trying to address some of these questions and we sat down to talk about that as well as what his life has been like for the last 20 years. , since he was diagnosed. >> there's a clear period around 1993/ '94, two years after diagnosis, where i just got it. i just accepted it. i realized that, you know, there's an old saying that my happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance. you know, it's just about this is what it is and so now what? >> once you were not in denial, you think you were happier? >> yeah. absolutely. when you can look at the truth of something, then -- that's
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what it is. it is what it is. now you have options. the only thing i don't have a choice about is whether i have parkinson's. everything else is my choice. that's incredibly liberating. much more liberating than the physical constraints of this disease are limiting. >> are there things you particularly miss that you can't do? i mean things that you say, god, i really just wish i could do this still? >> actually no. i can do everything i did before. yeah. i know. i play hockey, i play golf, i play guitar, i paint with my kids. if it seriously eliminated or restricted or adversely affected my ability to interact with my kids i think that be something that would be hard to deal with. i go back to my reasons for starting this foundation. if you -- i use this annualogy lot, but it's really ap, you step off a curb and hit by a bus
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the impact on your life is immediate and catastrophic and you have no options. you just -- the effect of what happens there. if -- with parkinson's it's like you're crossing the road and get stuck in the middle. and you know the bus is coming. and you can't get out of the way. so you can kind of freak out and go this bus is going to hit me at some point, even though you don't know how fast or how big or whatever, but you will be stuck in that result, that this bus is going to hit you, or you can use the time you have before the bus gets there to change the route and that's what we try to do. methodically, but with degree of urgency, try to connect the dots and get this done. >> t.j., it was a captivating conversation. he's a remarkable guy, very inspiring and watch the entire interview tonight 8:00 p.m. only on cnn.
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>> all right. thanks to our dr. sanjay gupta. you can see more of the interview right here tonight at 8:00 eastern time. astronomers say they have found a planet very much like our own, earth. but will it be able to support life as we know it? you want some fiber one honey clusters? yeah. you must really care about him. what? no, no. you gave him fiber. no she didn't. this tastes way too good to be fiber. they're delicious crunchy clusters with sweet honey and half a day's worth of fiber. you care about my fiber? not really. i care about your fiber too. i have for a while. ok, carl. why don't you care about her fiber? hey carl. [ male announcer ] fiber one. cardboard no. delicious yes. [ male announcer ] fiber one. in 2008 i quit venture capital to follow my passion for food. i saw a gap in the market for a fresh culinary brand and launched behindtheburner.com. we create and broadcast content and then distribute it across tv, the web, and via mobile.
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it's being billed as a big discovery out in space. scientists say they have found the first earth-like planet that actually might be able to sustain human life. josh levs is here. let's call them up. we have some neighbors out there. >> it's only 20 light years away. not too bad, right? this actually is pretty cool. what we have for you here is a video based on this announcement, th is artist rendering. take a look at this, this artist rendering of what this is. this is a constellation called libra, a star researchers have been studying, gliese 581. one of them which is newly discovered is called gliese 581 g, squarely in the middle of what they're calling a habitable zone where they believe liquid water could exist on the planet's surface and why it's getting the moniker golly locks
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planet, bought there were other planets in areas too hot or too cold, this one they believe is just right in the middle, and humans could survive there and potentially be inhabitable. i will show you a couple things from nasa.gov, some images they've put up that give you the basic idea. we're over here on earth. this is our sew la system. this is gliese 581 and g is right here. when we were saying there were planets too hot or too cold, this what is they believe is the golly locks. there are very important differences from earth which scientists laid out. here's a clip. >> this planet doesn't have days and nights. wherever you are on this planet, the sun is in the same position or the stars in the same position all the time. it keeps one side facing towards the star and that's fairly warm and the other side is in perpetual nighttime. >> perpetual night time, right. you would have to be in one spot if you want light, another spot if you want dark. the idea of being inhabitable
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doesn't mean humans will thrive there, but based on little they know now it seems possible maybe they could. they are saying that this could be just the beginning, that there's reason to believe that out there, they may be finding many more systems like this including some potentially habitable planets. so you know what, maybe a little hope in a new frontier there. >> maybe i got a little ahead of myself there at the gypping. >> maybe a little. >> thanks so much. a look at some of the other stories making headlines. congress high tailing it out of town, leaving washington and hitting the campaign trail but not before voting to keep the federal government open just for the next two months at least. a vote, however, on that contentious issue to extend the tax cuts, that vote is not going to happen before you get to vote for them in the mid-terms. they will have to hold that off until after the election. fisher-price recalling about 10 million products including try cycles, baby play areas and high chairs. the toymaker says it has received complaints of joking and cuts from these toys.
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go to our website cnn.com for a full list. hollywood leading man tony curtis has died. the oscar nominated actor may be best known for his roles in "spartacus" and also "some like it hot" with jack lemmon and marilyn monroe. he is the father of jamie lee curtis. tony curtis was 85 years old. ♪
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it is time now for your cnn
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politics.com desk update. mark preston with the best political team on television joins us now from d.c. what do you have crossing? hey there, buddy. >> t.j., how are you, man? look, talk about bare knuckle politics, new york, the governor's can date, the republican nominee, carl paladino who threatened a "new york post" reporter last night, got into his face. let me set up the scenario for you, t.j. in the last couple weeks had to acknowledge he had a child out of wedlock because of an extramarital affair. he came out and said, look, my opponent andrew cuomo, had an affair while he was married. fred dicker of "the new york post" approached him last night. see it on cnnpolitics.com. he said show me the evidence. the two got into a little bit of a scuffle. it is great viewing and you can read a little more about it on cnnpolitics.com. t.j., congress is leaving, they're heading home to campaign
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for the next month or so, but democrats say that they are going to focus in on house minority leader john boehner. boehner is the ohio republican who would be the speaker of the house if republicans take back the majority in november. they said that they're going to do this full-blown national ad campaign. they're going to try to paint him as a washington insider and it has this broader goal, that republicans are cozy to lobbyists, at least this is what the democrats are saying, that they are cozy to lobbyists and the fact is that republicans have just as much invested here in washington, d.c., as democrats do, and should have to as well take credit and fault for the nation. let me just close it with this, you know the loud commercials that people are just very upset about, you're watching the tv program, goes to a commercial, congress is on the verge of passing or approving legislation that would end that. congress will expect in a lame duck session to reconcile differences between a house and senate bill and this time next year you will have the volume
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modulated whenever switching to a commercial. >> yeah. i think that's the concern that's most on the minds of americans. those commercials are just too loud, are they not? i'm glad they took this up. >> jobs, foreclosures and loud commercials. >> appreciate you throwing that one in there. we need to know what they're up to up there in d.c. talk to you again. your next political update in an hour. for the latest political news you know the spot, cnnpolitics.com.
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all right. welcome back. going to check out your money now. starting with cnnmoney.com. this is all -- only place you need to go for all of your money news. see the top there, the see the top there. johnson and johnson ceo is on capitol hill. he's admitting the company made a mistake. this has to do with a recall. quick look at the market. 37 points down, the dow is, as we speak. still have time to get back in the black for the day. i want to turn now to what happened about two years ago this month. aig received its first government bailout. when all was said and done, again, two years ago this month, the insurer ended up receiving about $180 billion. now aig says it has a plan to pay the money back. alison kosik, on the floor of
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the new york stock exchange with the details for us. $180 billion. that's a lot of money. are we going to get it back with interest? >> it is a lot of money. aig says that we, the taxpayer, could make this money back and make a profit, too. aig and the government came up with a deal last night. they basically set a clear path of how aig is going to pay back the government in full. this is one big bill. because the government has an 80% stake in aig right now. the biggest part of this plan is going to be to swap the government's preferred aig stock to common shares and then sell them on the open market. this, of course, is going to take a lot of time. aig also has to pay back the loans that it got from the federal reserve bank of new york. in case you're wondering, aig is getting all this cash because it's selling its assets to make up this cash to go ahead and pay back the government. by the way, this happening much earlier than expected. t.j.? >> like you said, this is going to take time. do we have any idea how much time we're talking about here? >> t.j., this could take years.
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think about it. aig wants this to happen really fast. it wants to get out from underneath the government at this point. it wants to be an independent company. once the conversion of these preferred shares happen to common shares, these aren't going to be sold on the open market all at once. this will all take time. also, the stock sale is going to really depend on a lot of external factors like aig's performance and market conditions as well. hopefully this exit strategy that's going to be happening now could also wind up drawing in some private investors, put some money into aig. this could only boost aig's balance sheet and make this whole process happen faster as well. this whole deal we heard about since last night definitely giving aig stocks a nice boost. they were up almost 6% earlier. now they backed down a bit. now they're up about 3%. t.j.? >> allison, thank you so much. coming up, here's what we have coming for you in the next hour of the "cnn newsroom." two u.s. manufacturing giants with huge quality issues.
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personal pricing now on brakes. tell us what you want to pay. we do our best to make that work. deal! my money. my choice. my meineke. cnn this week has been taking a bit of a cross country food journey. we've sent our reporting teams all over the place to get some fresh answers about how our food is grown about how the choices we make impact our health, our state of mind, our budgets and quite simply the pure joy of eating. we've teamed up with a new
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cnn.com food destination. eatocracy.com. childhood obesity rates have doubled over the past 20 years. cnn special investigation finds the u.s. government may be contributing to the problem with its free lunches. kate bolduan reports. >> reporter: in san francisco, deanna waldo saw a crisis unfolding in her son's middle school cafeteria. >> there was not a single thing being sold at that time that i would have wanted my children to eat. >> reporter: waldo then became a school cafeteria crew seder. taking on what she calls the carnival foods schools were feeding children every day. >> soda and potato chips and hamburgers the size of your head. >> reporter: she found a grend in the district's new school nutrition director, ed wilkens. >> it was hard. a lot of people weren't quite ready for the big changes that would have to take effect. >> reporter: but they persisted. it took years. but eventually replaced junk
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food with healthier fare. >> we have salad bars. fresh fruit and fresh veggies in every school every day. we have zero percent transfat. we have whole grain breads. we've made a lot of changes. even given the challenges and constraints on the program we face. and certainly funding. >> reporter: and funding is a problem. it costs a lot more to serve fresh produce than the convenient bag of chips. the federal government helps by reimbursing schools if they offer free meals to low-income students. and here's what they get in return. $2.74 per lunch. >> quite frankly, we've found it costs us about $3.68 based upon what we were serving now. >> reporter: government funding doesn't cover it all. so schools have to find a way to make up the difference. >> which, of course, is a problem. in a lot of ways. because every dollar that has to be supported by the general fund is a dollar out of the classroom. >> reporter: so often schools serve the cheaper and
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unhealthier alternative. a study last year found 94% of meals served in schools failed to meet usda nutrition guidelines. so it's no wonder a separate study suggests children who take part in the national school lunch program are more likely to gain weight than their peers. >> school lunch and school breakfast is one area where we can absolutely improve. >> reporter: agriculture secretary tom vilsack and the obama administration requested an additional $10 billion for the school lunch program. but congress has cut that by more than half. offering a 6 cent increase per student. at the very same time, school food advocates describe funding as being criminally underfunded. do you agree with that? >> you say 6 cents. but the reality is when you start multiplying 6 cents by 31 million children, it's a fairly substantial amount of money that can be used creatively. >> reporter: to help in that
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effort, the usda supplies more than 100 commodities to schools nationwide at a reduced rate. unfortunately, ed wilkins says few are up to his district's standards. >> i have not used a lot of the commodities just because of the quality. >> reporter: so many people say we're doing our children wrong by what we're feeding them in school. usda, congress, we need help and it's up to you because you've been turning a blind eye. >> it isn't just up to government. the reality is that everyone needs to be engaged in this. >> reporter: you're saying it's time to stop the blame game? >> the blame game doesn't get us anywhere. we have to have everyone recognize we all have a responsibility. usda is not going to solve this problem. school districts by themselves are not going to solve this problem. collectively, we absolutely can make a difference. >> reporter: these school food champions agree. saying their district is proof healthy and high quality is possible. but they're begging the federal government to put its money where its mouth is. >> maybe we've gone as far as we can go in the absence of better funding.
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we can't afford the sustainably raised apple. but the fact is, we have an apple now. and not an apple turnover. and that's how we measure progress. >> reporter: kate bolduan, cnn, washington. washington. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com top of the hour in the cnn newsroom where anything can and does happen. the day of recall and recall hearings. we're taking a look at what's being done to make sure the products you buy are safe. also, what's in that lunch that you are eating right now? probably some corn syrup. >> not that you're eating corn. it's not a vegetable. it's a highly industrialized product that -- that has been shown to do lots of yucky things in your body. >> corn syrup doesn't necessarily mean corn. somebody should have told me that. josh levs looking at what's
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online for us. >> hey, t.j. the economy has been growing a bit faster than previously thought. still painfully slowly. we've got new numbers and insight for you right here at cnnmoney.com. >> we'll check in again with you shortly. our big story right now, it seems to be another case of a big corporation putting profit ahead of safety. pharmaceutical giant johnson & johnson answering to congress today about what's called a phantom recall. elizabeth cohen stepping in here, our medical correspondent. let me start with this. a lot of people right not realize what a phantom recall is. explain that, first of all. kind of tricky. >> this recall wasn't even a recall. it was sort of under the radar. it was very odd. what happened is johnson & johnson makes all sorts of products like tylenol and motrin and other products both for adults and kids. in may 2009 it appears that they realized that at one of their factories, they were getting things like little pieces of metal and bacterial contamination in their products.
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now, what they should have done is they should have issued a recall. instead what it appears that they did is ahired a contractor to go out and buy all the products up. >> pretty slick. >> it's an interesting way of dealing with the problem, i'll certainly say that. so now there's a hearing. william welden, who's the ceo of j & j is going to speak for the first time. they invited him a couple months ago. he said he was too ill to testify in front of congress. >> i'm fascinated by this. these phantom recalls, it's legal for the most part? they tried to do what they could to get the stuff off the market, but they didn't want that stigma of having a formal recall? >> right. whether it's legal is questionable. >> okay. >> what's interesting is that there are documents that attest or seem to attest to exactly what you're saying. when congress looked into this, they found these documents where j & j hired a contractor and said, hey, we want you to take care of this. here's what the contractor did. they issued a memo to their folks saying, visit all the stores on your schedule.
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these are quotes. purchase all of the motrin and act like a regular customer. so i guess it's almost laughable. these folks are supposed to walk into a cvs or whatever, buy up all the motrin, act like a regular customer. this is the smoking gun here. they say in all capital letters, there must be no mention of this being a recall of a product. >> oh, wow. >> when you have a document like that, j & j has pretty much come forward and said we take responsibility for this. >> where is the fda in all this? >> what's interesting, you often here people say the fda recalled the drug. you know what? the fda doesn't do recalls. companies do recalls. the fda often pressures them. but it's the company that does it. the fda, there's a question as to what they knew and when they knew it. let's take a listen from a congressman who had something to say about that today. >> fda's explanation appears to include seemingly false statements to this committee in april of this year. given the documents receiveded
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by the committee it demonstrates the fda, in fact, was aware of johnson & johnson's quiet recall of adult motrin products. something they led us to believe they were not. >> wow. sounds like he's pretty convinced about what happened. >> right. it'll be interesting to see what did the fda know and when did they know it. if they did know about this phantom recall, why didn't they put a stop to it? >> pretty popular drugs here. people want to know, johnson & johnson, can i buy these medicines now? >> well, they have not been available on the market for some months now. i'm hoping they're safe. they're reshipping them shortly, like next week. at least some of them. cross your fingers. hope they're safe. >> wow. that gives me a lot of confidence. >> sorry. they said they were safe before, and then they bought them all up. we'll have to see how this goes on. >> all right. elizabeth cohen, appreciate you, as always. let's turn to another recall now. another product. this one involving your children. millions of fisher-price baby toys and highchairs. christine romans with our cnn
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money team on the story for us. what should we start with here? the highchairs? the toys? where should we even start? >> let's start with the biggest one. tricycles for little kids, toddlers. these little trikes, 7 million of them, t.j. the company and government saying, do not let your children ride these. the risk of serious injury is there. some children have been injured. you can see on our picture there, there is a little plastic key. key which is right by the groin area for a child. that key can scratch, cut and hurt a child and has in some cases in the past. what you need to do is you need to call the company, remove the key from the trike. don't let the child play with it until a new key has been given to them. 7 million of these could be in your garage or play room. also there's some infant toys here. these are for very young children. they're infant toys, these play stations that have an inflatable ball. there's a valve on that
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inflatable ball that can become loose and be a choking hazard for children. this is what they look like. there are a lot of different serial numbers. go to the consumer product information. get the right number to know if your product is involved. 2 2.8 million of these. also some highchairs. the problem with the highchairs, on the back there's a clip or a little thing on the back of the legs that allows you to put the tray, to snap the tray on the back of the highchair when you're not using it. almost a million of these. that clip has actually scratched, hurt and cut some children. some children requiring stitches when they have brushed up against it or run against it. it's a sharp clip. again, put the highchair away. then a smaller recall, about 100,000 of these little -- these little people play toys. there are green and purple cars in this particular set. on those cars are wheels. the wheels can come off.
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they are very small. they are a choking hazard for young children. those chewheels are not supposeo come off. take the green and purple ones, put them aside. talk to the company about a replacement. >> is that for the most part what they're doing? you can get these replaced? are they telling people to remove the hazardous parts and then keep using them? get your money back? what should people do? >> for the most part, contact the company. you can get a kit to fix it yourself. in the case of those trikes, 7 million of them, they have a new key apparatus they're going to allow there. you don't have to return the whole toy. if you've got this in your play room right now, take the key out if you can. if you can't, make sure you contact the company. don't let your kid use it. there have been some serious injuries from that particular toy. the placement of that key is problematic for a small little child riding. you know, their motor skills aren't that great. they're learning how to ride a little trike. it can cause bumping and bruising and some problems. be careful there. as everything, as a parent, take
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a look at all the things in your toy chest. make sure if there are little pieces falling off, if it's something that's small enough that can fit through like a toilet paper holder roll, if it's something that can fit through there, if the child is under 3 years old it shouldn't be in the toy box at all. it's a good reminder to look for those choking hazards in your household now. >> spoken like a true mom. christine romans, we appreciate you as always. folks, if you want to know more about the recalls, cnn.com. we've got it all laid out for you, the exact stuff she was talking about. turning now to that story we were telling you about you're going to be hearing a lot more about. about a rutgers freshman who committed suicide, apparently. 18-year-old tyler clementi killed himself after a sexual encounter with another man was secretly streamed online. the details now from our affiliate, wpix. >> reporter: authorities may have recovered the body of rutgers student tyler clementi. witnesses spotted the freshman on the walkway of the george washington bridge last
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wednesday. his car was discovered nearby with his wallet, id, cell phone and laptop inside. just days earlier authorities say his roommate, dharun ravi, also a freshman, secretly taped clementi's encounter with another man. >> i never saw them fighting. >> he was dharun's roommate. >> there was really nothing about it. this is all surprising to all of us this has happened. >> danielle lives in the room next door in the rutgers dorm. amongst those astonished the two fellow students have been arrested and charged with invading clementi's privacy to play out over the internet. sources say ravi lined up his web cam and placed his skype account on auto answer. on his twitter account he said roommate asked for the room till midnight. i went into molly's room, turned on my web cam. saw him making out with a dude. yay. molly's computer was allegedly used to access ravi's web cam
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through skype. he announced a second attempt to peek into clementi's life. yes, it's happening again, end quote. this followed days later by a facebook status, this time updated by clementi saying plainly, quote, jumping off the g.w. bridge. sorry. end quote. the medical examiner's office now will conduct an autopsy. sources say the parents of the accomplished violinist may have been unaware their son was gay. >> you knew that tyler was gay? >> yeah. because i live next door to him. it was just like, obvious. he had the guy in his room. i saw that. >> reporter: did the guy come in more than once or just that one time? >> i only saw him once. >> reporter: was he a student? >> no. he was a little older. >> reporter: if authorities are able to prove a connection between clementi's death and the alleged invasion of his privacy, the 18-year-old will join a disturbing growing trend of young students across the country who are cyber bullied to the point of collapse. some perhaps intentionally cruel. some perhaps carelessly.
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>> and a reminder here that twitter and facebook pages are fairly easy to fabricate. we want to clarify here that those posted messages are believed to be from the suspect and the victim. but cnn has not yet confirmed, in fact, that they were from the those two. coming up here, high pruk toes corn syrup. is that really the villain that we've been led to believe it is? there's a new marketing campaign that says, no. we're checking the claims. first we've got our random moment in 70 seconds.
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telling you this week, cnn taking a cross country food tour, if you will. we've got reporters all over the place reporting about food this week. what are we trying to get at here? we're trying to get some answers about how our food is grown, how the choices we make impact our health, our state of mind, our budgets. and, yes, just the pure joy of having a good meal. we have teamed up with our new cnn.com food destination, eatocracy.com. mind, body and wallet. on that note, you heard it from nutritionists. stay away from high fructose corn syrup. but its makers now say the product is getting a bad rap. cnn brianna keilar separates fact from delicious fiction. >> reporter: just walk down the aisle of your grocery store. check out the ingredients on labels. and you'll see the same thing over and over. >> high fructose corn syrup is the first ingredient. >> reporter: it's in pancake syrup. cookies.
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kethcup. even soup. >> there you go. people think, oh, tomato. it's a vegetable. i'm giving my child a vegetable serving. >> reporter: each year americans consume on average almost 38 pounds of high fructose corn syrup. but not jessica hanie. this mother of two and the voice behind a blog called crunchy, chewy mama has cut the corn based sweetener out of her family's diet. >> it's not just squeezing out the corn and getting the sugar. it's not that you're eating corn. it's not a vegetable. it's a highly industrialized product that has been shown to do lots of yucky things in your body. and we just don't need it. >> reporter: many americans are convinced high fructose corn syrup is one of the culprits of the country's obesity epidemic. in a recent study, 57% of those polled said it was a top food safety issue. right up there with artificial growth hormones in milk and mad cow disease. that concern is reflected in the
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demand for food that's free of high fructose corn syrup. just check out pepsi's newest offering. sierra mist, made with real sugar. >> it's the soda nature would drink if nature drank soda. >> reporter: for all the bad buzz around high fructose corn syrup, a number of studies suggest there is no difference between how the body responds to it versus plain old sugar. in 2008 the american medical association said insufficient evidence exists to specifically restrict the use of high fructose corn syrup. but the issue isn't settled. the ama also encouraged further independent research on the health effects of high fructose corn syrup. we're here at princeton university because this is where one of the most recent studies, and a very controversial one, on high fructose corn syrup and how it's different than sugar was recently conducted. it's a study that involves rats. it was released just this year. >> our studies were conducted in a simulated soft drink. it was high fructose corn syrup
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in water. >> reporter: professor bart hoebl and his team of researchers gave a second group of rats access to regular sugar dissolved in water. rats drinking the high fructose corn syrup mixture actually consumed fewer calories than those drinking water sweetened with real sugar. even so -- you found the rats consuming the high fructose corn syrup got significantly fatter? >> exactly. this is what led us to believe those two are not the same after all. >> reporter: critics of high fructose corn syrup point to the research as proof the body metabolizes it differently than sugar. while some experts criticize the verasty of his findings. hobel says more research needs to be done. as the scientific verdict on high fructose corn syrup remains inconclusive, the corn refiners association, which represents producers of the sweetener, knows it has a public perception issue and is trying to rebrand it as corn sugar. >> i learned whether it's corn
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sugar or cane sugar, your body can't tell the difference. sugar is sugar. >> reporter: in addition to the multimillion dollar ad campaign, the corn refiners association has petitioned the fda to use corn sugar on ingredient labels. >> high fructose corn syrup is a sugar made from corn. it is an added sugar in the diet. this effort to provide clarity to consumer wills help them recognize added sugars in the diet. >> reporter: many skeptical consumers like jessica hanie say high fructose corn syrup by another name is still something she won't be feeding her family. you think to change the name is very misleading. >> oh, yeah. i do. we do molasses and honey and maple syrup. things that all have minerals imbedded with them and that come with fiber whereas the fructose corn syrup doesn't. >> reporter: but it would take a lot of jessica hanies to eat away at that startling statistic. 38 pounds of high fructose corn syrup per american per year. brianna keilar, cnn, arlington,
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virginia. >> so can i eat it or not? can i? all right. maybe the answers are going to be at cnn.com/eatocracy. i was really paying close attention to that to figure out what i can eat tonight. i still don't know. for mo we are going to take a check of the weather here coming up. i just saw a live picture a moment ago of a couple of live reporters where it was really coming down. maybe we're going to check in with them here shortly as well. it's coming down in buckets along the eastern seaboard today. tropical storm leftovers likely to mean flooding. heading to the cnn severe weather center, next. ♪
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taking look right now at some of the stories making headlines, we want to start at ft. hood in texas where there have been apparently four suicides there over the weekend. that is in addition to 14 other suicides at ft. hood this year. the commander there at ft. hood says there's really no simple answer to what happened. also, jimmy carter, former president, he could possibly be leaving that cleveland hospital any time today to resume his nationwide book tour. he's been treated for a possible viral infection. also "the wall street journal" reporting that mcdonald's could drop its health insurance plan for almost 30,000 hourly workers. the fast food giant blames the health care reform act. another check of some of the headlines coming your way in 20 minutes. widespread flooding right now is another one of the headlines. reported in the carolinas today from the tropical storm that was
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once known as nicole. the meteorologist still known as chad myers keeping track of all this. it's kind of a mess. >> tremendous amounts of rain. wilmington, north carolina, over the last five days, 20 inches of rainfall. literally. 10 inches in the past 24 hours in some spots. and the rainfall continues. i can move this around, but here's north carolina. obviously you see the cape hatteras area dry there. wilmington and morehead city and all the way up into d.c., people didn't go to work in new york city today because of all -- even in washington, d.c., because of all the rainfall that's been coming down here with this system. all the way down to florida. the problem with this, t.j., is this. we look at all the precip that's coming down here right now in this light color. then look to the south. i know nicole is gone, but, boy, this thing really has blown itself back up again. they're calling it not nicole. they're calling it just tropical moisture or a new low pressure center. that's going to run right up
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over the top of these areas that have picked up so much rainfall already. everywhere that you see white from west of new york city back through d.c., richmond, fredericksburg all the way down into north carolina, that could be another 6 to 10 inches of rainfall tonight. here are some pictures now. i want to take them to you. we have four pictures. one, two, three, four. up on the north -- on the top left, we'll call it, in greenville. to the top right, myrtle. bottom on the right side, wfor. that's miami. look at the water there. literally, if you see the water backing up in your street and you know there's a drain out there, before it gets too high, it's never a bad idea to clear the drains in your neighborhood so the water can go where it should. if there are leaves, if there are trash bags, any debris at all in that drain in the front of your house, water can't go down. water is going to start to rise. you don't want it to rise into your house. >> that was a very -- >> don't get in trouble doing it. don't do it if it's already this high. if it's not, get that stuff out
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of there. >> that's a very simple thing, helpful little tip there. appreciate you, as always. coming up, we're going to be talking about avoiding deadly encounters with explosive devices in afghanistan. this is our jason carroll going on patrol with u.s. soldiers leaving the safety of the perimeter of a base. f@@
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pictures, information, insight you won't find anywhere else. "cnn newsroom" with tony harris.
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anything can happen. >> cnn has been following the story of army sergeant first class randy shourder who recently returned to afghanistan for his third tour of duty. shortly after his arrival sergeant shourder and his men patrolled outside the protective perimeter of the base. this is some dangerous territory. our jason carroll joined this patrol. >> everybody is going to get hands on on the radio. >> reporter: sergeant shourder hasn't been on the ground in southeastern afghanistan for two hours, and already we found him at work. testing weapons. quickly getting gear and his platoon's armored vehicles ready to roll. >> it's a moment where you've got to get a lot done in a short period of time. >> that's correct. a frustrating time. >> reporter: shortly after arriving, his orders changed. his platoon made up of 14 soldiers convoyed to a much
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smaller operating base just a few miles away located in an area the taliban still has a heavy influence. we're about to go on a convoy outside the wire. which is a term which basically means outside the protective perimeter of the base. before you go you've got to make sure you've got your armored gear on. i've got it. as well as a helmet for civilians. this one's got your last name on it as well as your blood type. this is a precaution done any time you accompany troops outside the wire. >> if we strike an eud, they know how we operate. they know as soon as it hits -- >> reporter: little is said during the 20-minute trip. the road is known to be secure. but in a volatile region like paktika province, where 19 soldiers were killed in a single weekend, nothing is for sure. >> every day you go out that wire, you know, you say your
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last -- you make peace with yourself. you tell yourself, hey, today could be the day. you go out. you do what you got to do. don't think too much of it. just hope you come back. >> reporter: on this day, a delay. >> shorter's armored convoy, held up. smoke nearby signals an ied may have been detonated. >> there's little reports regarding two teenagers on a motorcycle may have set off a remote ied. >> reporter: there's no age range we're talking here for these people? it could be teenagers who do this, doesn't mat sner. >> exactly. doesn't matter. >> reporter: no soldiers were hurt. shorter's platoon moves on to check a vital road to the north. >> this whole stretch used to be pretty much a good ied alley. this is a main, key route from that lake to the province. >> reporter: this is familiar ground to shorter. he checked this same spot during his last deployment two years ago. >> i was starting to see the
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same ied holes that i remember back. a lot of flash backs coming back. i see a lot of improvement. that's a good thing. >> reporter: troops on patrol, always eyeing anything remotely suspicious. >> i'm on the ridgeline. >> reporter: the smoke from earlier, a reminder of what's at stake. shorter is just one of 30,000 soldiers now flooding the most dangerous area of afghanistan. he's fighting a 9-year-old war. this year, its deadliest on record. >> as soon as i'm outside that wire, it's combat. sorry to say. yeah, it may be green in other aspects. but i'm ready to fight as soon as i walk out of that door. >> reporter: obviously based on what they indicated today, they're ready to fight as well. >> all right. coming up, it has been a tough couple years for food recalls. seems like every time you turn around there's something else being recalled. remember the peanut butter recall, beef, salmonella in the eggs. coming up next, i'm going to be speaking to a woman pushing for stronger standards. it's awfully personal to her
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happened earlier this year. not a formal recall. essentially buying up all the bad products on the market. also a little while ago, about 30 points down. now the dow down some 60 points. our money team keeping an eye on that as well. i want to move on to something we have been talking a lot about this week. your food. your health. i'll tell you a story now of a young boy at the age of 2 1/2. he died after eating a hamburger. it was tainted with e. kcoli. pat buck is executive director for the center of foodborne illness and prevention. she joins me now, ma'am. thank you so much. this is not your training, if you will. i believe a teacher by your training, but you took up this cause. can you imagine that what you went through with your grandson would get you to this point all these years later? >> no. i am totally surprised what happened. after kevin died and his death
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was truly horrific, we sat 12 days watching him and sometimes not even being allowed to touch him. and then to see what happened to him and to the whole family afterwards, i knew immediately that my life had changed. and that i was going to have to do something about foodborne illness. four years after advocating, my daughter, barbara kwalcheck and i decided we would start our own organization, which is cfi. and it is guided by the mission that we want to prevent foodborne illness through research, education, advocacy and service. >> ma'am, i know this was extremely personal for you when your grandson died. but when you started to do research about foodborne illness, i guess what kind of jumped out to you that most of us might not be even aware of? what jumped out to you about the safety of our food these days? >> well, the thing that really jumps out to you is that we do
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not know enough about foodborne illness. and so more research absolutely must be conducted in this area. people do not realize that the foodborne illness is not just a tummy ache. it is much more serious, many times, than that. and for the ones who do survive serious cases of foodborne illness, they will have sometimes long-term health outcomes such as diabetes or chronic kidney, you know, disease. >> i know it's kind of a two-pronged approach. like you said, we need to know more about the foodborne illness. but how much of it is that we need to prevent our food from being tainted in the first place? >> oh, absolutely. one thing that kevin's death really pointed to me was that prevention is key. tracing back the source of your food is very difficult if you're
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an individual citizen like we were with a sporadic case of illness. we need to have better laws in place. and right now, as you know, the senate has just called for closure on s510 in the session after the elections. of course, i'm very hopeful that this legislation will be passed. it contains some of the performance standards that were initially part of kevin's law that was introduced earlier in previous congresses that we worked so hard to get. >> ma'am, one more thing to you here now. a lot of people -- we've been focusing on food, talking about it this week in a lot of our reporting. for just the layperson out there watching, how better are we today and safer is our food today than it was when you started this some nine years ago at the time of your grandson's death? have we made vast improvements? >> we've made some improvements. but the bottom line is we need to make many, many more improvements to prevent the
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types of serious illnesses that kevin endured. when i think about the people out there that are still suffering, i just at times feel very, very frustrated. because i've worked for nine years to try and get some solutions. and while we have made some progress, we still have a very, very long way to go. and legislation like s51o will certainly give us some of the tools we need to get there. >> again, pat buck, executive director of the center for foodborne illness and prevention, ma'am, thank you for your time. sorry for your loss. >> thank you. yes. >> congratulations on the campaign you've been able to do. again, a private citizen taking this up on her own. thank you so much for your time. coming up, we're going to turn back to our weather situation we've been keeping an eye on. the east coast, buckets and buckets coming down. checking in with chad myers once again. [ female announcer ] there's a new way to let go
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all right. we've got some torrential rain we've been telling you about on the east coast. chris brown is there. he's with our affiliate wnct from jacksonville. chris, concerned about some flooding. the water starting to rise at least a bit there where you are.
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>> reporter: t.j., it's been rising all morning long. rising and falling to be perfectly honest. it was higher. it was lower. it's going back and forth as the rain comes and goes. we asked for it a while back. now we've got it and way too much of it. this is the most severe flooding we've seen in these houses behind me. you can actually see these people, there are people getting their belongings and wading through the water. they have some canoes out here trying to get people to their homes, to their belongings. all these houses have been evacuated. the people that were in them are staying at red cross shelter. we've seen submerged cars, deluges of rain. feels like it's never going to stop, sometimes. that's how we're feeling out here, at least. we talked to people at this apartment complex earlier today. the people we talked with said as far as this flooding is concerned, they've never seen anything like it. >> not this bad, no. i've seen it, you know, get bad behind the back apartments. i've never seen it get up as high as it is in front of them. >> reporter: are you scared a
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little? >> a little bit. a little bit. a little nervous. not going to go to work today. >> reporter: t.j., i can tell you one thing. we are all certainly looking forward to hearing -- or seeing that sunshine this afternoon. >> all right. chris brown reporting for us there in north carolina. thank you so much. let's turn back to the political situation. something that has been speculated for the past several days now. rahm emanuel. we got some news on him. the white house chief of staff. our ed henry is on the phone with us. a lot of speculation about him leaving and heading to chicago to run for mayor. what do we know? >> reporter: that's right, t.j. in fact we've been reporting it for days now it was likely to happen. we've now confirmed with sources lease to rahm emanuel he's going to officially step down at white house chief of staff on friday. then he's going to take some time to get here to chicago over the weekend and basically begin his campaign for mayor in earnest next week. we may not have, we're told by these sources, a big official kickoff next week. he may just go on sort of a listening tour as many politicians like to call it in both parties. go out there, listen to the
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voter. he has a lot of work to do. i'm standing outside right now city hall in chicago. we just arrived here for a story we're shooting on his bid for mayor. just in the first couple people we started talking to, there are some folks saying they think his style, you know, a little harsh and tough. that has worked in washington, but may or may not be the style that's going to bring this city together. rahm emanuel, you talk to people close to him, they acknowledge he knows it's not a slam dunk. in fact, he's got a lot of work to do and he's facing some deadlines. he's got november 22nd where he needs signatures to actually get on the ballot. then a february 22nd primary. there's a whole lot of candidates from different spectrums of the party, different parts of the city ready to jump in here. some people may think it's going to be a slam dunk because of his power in washington. but a lot of people here in chicago already telling me, and i can tell you people from rahm emanuel, it's not going to be that easy. a tough city to run for mayor in. they've had a mayor in richard
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daley for a couple decades. he was hoping to be mayor some day, and had said that publicly, but was also expecting mayor daley would likely run for re-election again. his recent announcement he's going to retire took rahm emanuel and some of his advisers by surprise. this is all happening very, very quickly. obviously creates a hole at the white house for a new chief of staff. i've been heard pete rouse is likely to be acting chief of staff in the short term while they figure out who's going to be long term. a lot of people starting to leave the white house. that's pretty natural for any administration after a couple of years to have some turnover. pretty big political development these days. >> big political development. a lot of people concerned about what's happening in the white house. that was going to be my follow-up there. you answered it. yes, it seems like a lot of people are leaving. it happens in every administration. just some turnover. it just happens after a couple of years of any administration. ed henry, appreciate you.
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time for your cnnpolitics.com desk update. our chief correspondent john king joins us now.
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a bunch of other titles. that's all i could get in one breath, john. i know you've got some stuff you're going to tell me about that's crossing. let me ask you about the news we just got from our ed henry. what does it mean for this president to lose rahm emanuel right now? >> well, there are a lot of people who are hoping the door hits rahm emanuel on the way out. what's surprising, some of those people are liberals now disappointed with this administration. what it means, a lot of politics, controversy around rahm emanuel. what it means for the president, it's part of the changing of the guard inside the white house. his economic team has largely left. his national security adviser will probably leave right after the election. he faces a big choice. he's have an interim chief of staff then face a choice after the elections. do you pick somebody else from within who's been with you all the way back from the 2008 campaign or do you go outside and pick somebody, maybe somebody with better relationships with republicans? we don't know how many seats the republicans are going to win in november. we do know they will win more seats. do you try to go inside or outside? that's the big debate in washington.
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most expect the president will pick somebody from within his inner circle, though. >> i know you've got some stuff you want to tell us about this crossing. i want your feedback on that story since we were just getting that confirmed. what else is crossing? >> a big crossing today, it's related to the subject we were just talking about. a lot of chatter both from democrats and republicans about the man who would be speaker. republican john boehner. i'll show you one story on the ticker. this is about democrats targeting the republican leader, john boehner. if republicans win 39 seats he'll be the next speaker of the house of representatives. he's going to give a big speech here today in washington to lay out what he would do if he gets that privilege and honor to be speaker. the best way to cut spending, he says, is bring every agency, nasa up, the education department up, the commerce department up, bring them up one at a time instead of in these big massive spending bills so people can look at the mit of each agency, each
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tonight on "john king usa" a fascinating cover story on "time" magazine. locked and loaded. a great reporter has done a six-month investigation from "time" magazine on this. among the startling revelations, remember the holocaust museum shooter? the guy who killed? guard? bart gelman reports he wanted to target the president's senior adviser david axelrod and the secret service was alerted in that kags. one of the fascinating details we'll explore tonight. a second poll now reaffirming the republican, marco rubio, seems to be pulling ahead in florida. the quinnipiac poll, 46%. charlie crist, now the independent candidate, governor of florida, 43%. kendrick meek at 18%. that florida race, t.j., one of the many fascinating. remember, folks out there, we're hitting the final month of the campaign.
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a lot of things to see on the ticker and a lot of things to think about if you're a voter. >> all right. john, we appreciate you as always, buddy. we'll see you plenty throughout the day. your next political update coming up in one hour. of course, you know where to find the latest political news. cnnpolitics.com. to accommodate their family. matt was a star from start to end. he took care of us. he'll take care of you. we always like to follow up with clients and make sure that they know we're tracking their loan for them, and if there's something that makes more sense for them, we can present that as an option. the surprise was that there were no surprises. they have great technology, but they have people like matt. that's what makes the difference. it's an opportunity to help clients achieve the american dream. that's why i love quicken loans! ♪
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all right. hate to see a grown man cry. josh levs is about to make grown men cry with this segment. this is hot on internet right now. >> everyone's talking about this list. does this make you cry? ♪ with or without you, with or without you ♪ >> does this song bring tears to your eyes? >> it's so bad i want to cry. other than that, no. >> that may be the first time someone's dissed u2 on our air. here's another one. let's go to the next one. ♪ nothing compares, nothing compares to you ♪ >> beautiful song. tears don't bring -- songs don't bring tears to your eyes.
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>> apparently they do for some people. there was this study in britain. what it really was was on an online survey in britain. let me go to it. there's this survey of music. they collect royalties and provide them to artists. this online survey, what songs make men cry. let's get right to this list. you've got there in front of you numbers 10 through 6. "angels" by robi williams." "unchanged melody." we'll play number one for us. five, "with or without you." two, "tears in heaven." number one song on this list that make men cry, "everybody hurts." >> these literally bring men to tears? >> they had more than 1,700
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respondents. i will tell you, our producer was just saying "cats in the cradle" does it for him. and some other song -- what was it about a horse? >> i am totally fine with admitting that half of the songs on that list make me cry. >> there's nothing wrong with crying. >> show your sensitive side. >> a song doesn't make me cry. >> makes me cry. lots of things make me cry. >> i'm going to have to cry to hand the newscast over to ali in a minute. he's coming up. [ water ] hey, it's me water. so, you want me to be super amazing right from the faucet, but you think home filters can be a pain in the tucus. well check this out... boo-yah! shazam! h2...o! hydrolicious! look what i can do! magic bananas! adios contaminos! introducing the first faucet filter that installs with just one click and removes 99% of lead and microbial cysts. check it out at purwater.com.
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